The name Coifster finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons
. It was given to one who worked as a maker of knitted caps or cowls. A male involved in this occupation
was called a coifer,
while a female involved in this trade was called a coifster;
the latter case displays the distinctive Anglo-Saxon
Early Origins of the Coifster family
The surname Coifster was first found in Oxfordshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Coifster family
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Coifster Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Coifster has been recorded under many different variations, including Coifer, Coifster, Coyfere and others.
Early Notables of the Coifster family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Coifster family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Coifster or a variant listed above: Charles Coyfe, who arrived in Virginia in 1619; Thomas Quaife, who settled in New York, NY in 1823; Harriot Quaife, who came to New York, NY in 1823; Eliza Quaife, who came to New York, NY in 1823.